Ready Player One – Movie Review

This is a Warner Bros. film that is based on the book by the same name. It was directed by Stephen Spielberg. It stars Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, Lena Waithe, T.J. Miller, Simon Pegg, Phillip Zhao, and Win Morisaki. It was released in 2018.

This movie is a futuristic sci-fi set in 2045. The world is overcrowded and pretty miserable. They use online games as a way of escaping as well as a worldwide hub called Oasis. Oasis is a pure world for gaming, no ads, no marketing just fun. It provides access to even retro games like Adventure Quest and Pong. Avatars are fully customizable and can be anyone/anything the player wants.

The creator of the game died and willed that the winner of a contest he designed would win control of the Oasis and all it’s games. The contest has clues leading to three keys, and each key leads to another area of the contest with its clues and keys. The clues are based on the life of the creator and all sorts of data on his life is available in the Archives of the games should the players want to go through them. The clues are very tricky as are the games you have to beat.

I was with my gentleman friend when it was on cable, and we only caught the last 30 minutes of it. We had fun trying to identify as many of the avatars from our days playing old school games, and there were quite a few of them. The main character uses an avatar that looks a lot like those used in the Final Fantasy franchise.

Just recently, I was able to watch the entire show, and I quite enjoyed it. I liked the plot, and the idea behind the movie. It was geared more towards kids I guess, but it was still a great movie to watch. The actors were quite good and though I didn’t recognize any of the kids, I did recognize two of the adult male actors. They did fantastic jobs in their supporting roles as the antagonists.

I highly recommend seeing this game if just for the fun of seeing old games from your past – if you’re older than 40 anyway. 🙂 Don’t take my word for it, check it out, and I hope you have as much fun watching it as I did.

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!!

The Limehouse Golem – Movie Review

This movie is a Victorian era horror movie starring Bill Nighy and Olivia Cooke, among others.

It’s a fantastic movie. The creep factor is high, but it adds to it. The movie shows the reality of the society in that era. At one point, there was a little Irish girl who spoke only Gaelic. She was a witness to one of the murders, and she was being brought to speak to the police without understanding what was going on. The detective was using a nun to translate, and the little girl told her to tell him she wasn’t for sale. She said her mother had a gentleman coming for her on her next birthday. That was the reality of the lives of the poor of that era.

It’s this attention to detail that made this movie so good! The acting was superb as well. It has a fine cast. The story was well written, and the action was engrossing. Yes, I really liked the movie.

I give this movie five stars and strongly recommend it. I found it on Hulu.com, but it’s also on Amazon, VUDU and iTunes. Don’t take my word for it, of course, see it for yourself!

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!

Lincoln Rhyme : Hunt for the Bone Collector – TV show

This show started in Januaryt of this year on NBC. It airs on Friday night, and I watch the rerun on Hulu since I work Friday nights. The show is based on Jeffrey Deaver’s famous book: The Bone Collector, and it uses a lot of the elements from the book. I especially liked they showed how Rhyme ended up paralyzed in the very first episode.

The show stars Russell Hornsby as Lincoln Rhyme. I first saw him on Grimm where he played Detective Hank Griffin, the partner to the main character. In this show, he gets to play a stronger character – the main lead in a cast of leading actors. He portrays Rhyme a lot like Denzel Washington did in the movie, but he also gives him some humanity.

Amelia Sachs, his “eyes and ears” on the scenes, is played by Arielle Kebbel. I’ve seen her in a couple of horror movies. She was also in a television show called Midnight Texas that didn’t last long. I saw a couple of episodes of it, and I think they could’ve done much better with it…. In this show, she also gets to play a strong character, one with compassion and strength as well as a bit of a reckless streak.

The Bone Collector, aka Peter, is played by Brian F O’Bryne. I think I saw him in Million Dollar Baby, but I’m not sure. In this show, the Bone Collector is known to the viewer, and he’s married which is why I know his name is Peter. In the first episode, you also see how the Bone Collector knows Lincoln Rhyme. I like seeing both sides of this particular conflict.

Due to its very name, I’m not sure how long this show is going to last – planned obsolescence comes to mind. A great many shows, here and in the UK, are being designed to only last a few seasons. Maybe the next season will be based on another Deaver book featuring Rhyme. That would be nice.

The show has episodes mainly about other cases to solve with the Bone Collector being worked in the back ground so, something is always going on. Lots of interesting scenes including one where Sachs builds a thermite bomb in a matter of minutes with Lincoln’s help. I like learning more about New York and its environs – its history features heavily in all the books featuring Rhyme. Makes me want to go visit just to see some of what they’ve talked about, including some of the subway stations.

One of the things I didn’t like was the casting of his wife, Danielle. They used Claire Coffee, another former cast member on Grimm. She doesn’t get much onscreen time as the Bone Collector’s wife, but it doesn’t matter. I don’t think she’s got that much talent. Her facial expressions are pretty limited. If she sticks to playing romance parts where she gets to smile and flirt and whatever, she’ll be okay. Playing a villian or anything else that requires strong emotion, I don’t see her pulling it off.

Don’t take my word for it though, check out the show yourself!

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!!

The Stone Monkey – Jeffery Deaver

Look Ma, it’s a book review!  Yes, snarkiness is allowed on my blog. 🙂

I finally finished this book and now, I want to share my thoughts on it with you!

This book was published by Pocket Books which is a division of Simon & Schuster, Inc. in 2002.  It is dedicated to all the folks we Americans lost on Sept. 11, 2001.

This is one of the books featuring Lincoln Rhyme.  Ever since the movie version of The Bone Collector, Denzel Washington is who I think of as Lincoln Rhyme.  In his dialogue in the book, I hear Denzel’s voice. 🙂  It makes the book more interesting to me, I think.

Anyway, in this book, Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs are hunting down a snakehead, a Chinese man who smuggles humans to America.  This particular guy has been named The Ghost and is wanted by authorities in China and Anerica, as well as a couple of other countries, for crimes ranging from human trafficking to murder.  They are joined by faithful colleagues from the FBI, the local NYPD and two newcomers: Alan Coe of INS and Sonny Li, a Chinese policeman from Fuzhou, China who has followed The Ghost all the way from China to the US to arrest him for several deaths in his own backyard.

The book is rich with sights, sounds, feelings and thoughts which Jeffery Deaver excels at!  he draws you into the book by building a three dimensional world out of just words.  Words full of deliciousness such as how Dellray dresses and speaks, how Amelia Sachs drivers her sports car and how Lincoln Rhyme feels ghost pains in places that no longer have feeling.

You feel for the poor families being tracked by the Ghost, by the loss of the elderly grandfather of one of the families and loathe The Ghost as he thinks of what he wants to do, not only to the families but also the woman he call Yindao.

There are lots of twists and turns, misdirection and Chinese wisdom in this wonderful story, and I highly recommend it to anyone who likes criminal drama, Jeffery Deaver and/or Lincoln Rhyme.

I never give away too much of the plot or the ending so if you want to read the book based on what I have shared, fantastic!  Let me know how you liked it, or didn’t.  If you want to know more about the story before you actually read it, check out Jeffery Deaver’s official site: Jeffery Deaver-Official Site.

See you on the flipside my friends and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!!  The spice must flow!!